In a world struggling back from the brink of apocalypse, life is harsh. But for Elspeth Gordie, born with enhanced mental abilities that would see her sterilised or burned if discovered, it is also dangerous.
There is only survival by secrecy, and so she determines never to use her forbidden powers. But it is as if they have their own imperative, and their use inevitably brings her to the attention of the totalitarian Council that rules the Land....
©1987 Isobelle Carmody. By arrangement with Penguin Group (Australia). (P)2016 Bolinda
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By Simon on 05-04-18

Brilliantly read version of the book

I first read this book back in the mid 90's whilst at school and fell in love with it and Elspeth so was really looking forward to listening to it on audio, especially when I found out that it was narrated by Isobelle herself.

The story follows Elspeth Gordie a misfit who gets sent to Obernewtyn up in the mountains. The book is set in the future after a nuclear holocaust, which they call the Great White and follows Elspeth on her journey for orphan home to Obernewtyn and her story whilst there. It then leads on perfectly to the second in the series - The Farseekers, which I will be listening to next

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By Claret on 19-06-16

Awesome YA distopian fantasy

This book was my favorite teenage reads, I'm so glad it is now an audiobook. The world it builds is imaginative and original and this book is only the first of a long series. The author performs this book and she does a good job. If you like mind powers and young woman's quest against persecution in a distopian future then you'll like this book.

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